Eat & Drink

Heavenly High Tea Options in the Hunter Valley and Surrounds

We’ve recently had a few questions about where to go for high tea so we thought we would do a bit of digging and find you some of the best places for High Tea in the Hunter Valley and the broader Hunter Region. Yup, we are serving them all up on a platter for you!

Hunter Valley Area

Elay High Tea, Branxton
Address: 102c McMullins Road, East Branxton, NSW
Phone: 0421194425
High Tea Available: By booking only.
Elay High Tea in Branxton is a relatively new addition to the high tea scene. Inside this custom built tea house you will find gold trimmed panelling on the walls, dark wooden furnishings and delicacies served on fine china and gold mirrored tiered platters. The style is an eclectic mix of Victorian and Parisian which leads to quite a regal high tea experience. Don’t forget to pop your pinky when drinking that tea!

elay high tea branxton hunter valley

Guests will enjoy some unique spins on some old favourites such as lavender friands and lemon scones served with lemon curd and cream. There are also a mix of hot and chilled savouries such as a rosti with hot smoked salmon or basil tomato and goats cheese roulade.

voco Kirkton Park, Pokolbin
Address: 336 Oakey Creek Road, Pokolbin NSW
Phone: 02 4998 7680
High Tea Available: Bookings essential 12pm - 3pm.
This is a beautiful location for high tea in the Hunter Valley - voco Kirkton Park serve their high tea in the sun-filled conservatory and alcoves which overlook the rose garden and Brokenback Ranges.

voco kirkton park high tea

A selection of five different gorgeous petite cakes such as raspberry lemon fingers, mixed macarons and baby éclairs is included. As well as some traditional savoury bites such as smoked salmon and cucumber sandwiches with dill cream.

There is also a high cheese option with a great selection of cheeses and some hot and chilled savoury items to break up the dairy.

And if you have the kids in tow, this doesn’t mean you (or they) have to miss out. There is a kids high tea option for the under 16s which will keep the whole family content.

The Convent - Restaurant Eighty Eight, Pokolbin
Address: The Convent Hunter Valley, 88 Halls Road Pokolbin, NSW
Phone: 02 4998 4999
High Tea Available: Saturday and Sundays, 12pm - 3.30pm
Located in the resident restaurant at The Convent, Hunter Valley - Restaurant Eighty Eight is the perfect vibe for a traditional high tea. The Convent building was once home to the Brigidine order of nuns in Coonamble. But after careful reconstruction, it now offers grand comfort with timeless charm.

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White French doors open onto an outside courtyard and the high tea includes a mix of savoury and sweet such as sandwich triangles and scones with fresh cream and jam.

There is the option to enjoy a glass of sparkling wine with your high tea as well.

Hunter Belle Cheese Room, Pokolbin
Address: 1616 Broke Road, Pokolbin, NSW
Phone: 02 9159 0770
High Tea Available: Daily 10am - 3pm
For a twist on the usually sweet and savoury high tea, why don’t you try a cheese high tea?

Recently opened, Hunter Belle Cheese Room in Pokolbin has a more relaxed, café style high tea - full of all the cheese. And we can confirm it is delicious!

The Pokolbin Platter served on a rustic style two tiered platter is a generous cheese high tea. Think servings of Hunter Belle Cheeses such as Camembelle, Cheddar and Blue Moon, olives, breads, crackers, seasonal fruits and with a selection of Mr Charcuterie meats. You can also purchase most of the produce served from their adjacent cheese room and Di Iliius Wines are located on the same property if you wanted to do a little wine tasting whilst you are there.

hunter belle cheese room high cheese

Andante Brasserie, Pokolbin
Address: 485 McDonalds Road, Pokolbin NSW
Phone: 02 4998 7932
High Tea Available: Thursday - Monday, 9:30am - 2pm
If you want to bring the kiddies along for a high tea experience, Andante Brasserie is a great relaxed option with a fenced playground right next to the café.

The high tea is available 7 days a week when booked and is started off with a glass of sparkling wine. Guests will work their way through an assortment of finger sandwiches, scones, sweet treats and fresh berries.

andante brasserie hunter valley high tea


Around Maitland

High Tea on the Hunter, Morpeth
Address: 119 Swan Street, Morpeth NSW 2321
Phone: 0407 776 621
High Tea Times: bookings available Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 2:30pm
Fairly new to the High Tea scene, High Tea on the Hunter is located on the main street of Morpeth. Set in a quaint shop, in this olde worlde riverside town, this is a lovely traditional setting. With high tea served on three tier platters, and tea and coffee in beautiful china cups, you will feel like you’ve slipped into another time.

high tea on the hunter morpeth

The menu is all homemade and includes savoury bites such as gourmet sausage rolls, prosciutto, feta and roast tomato on flatbread, zucchini slice, and an assortment of moreish traditional finger sandwiches. Whilst the sweet tooth guests are well catered for as well with delicious scones and locally made strawberry jam with clotted cream. The exquisite petit fours look more like jewellery boxes than sweets and are a delectable little treat. A nice finish to the high tea is a scoop of sorbet served in crystal glassware.

Heritage Gardens High Tea, Ashtonfield
Address: Corner New England HWY & Four Mile Creek Rd, Ashtonfield NSW
Phone: 02 4964 4008
High Tea Available: Wednesday to Sunday, 9:30am - 1:30pm
Heritage Gardens Cafe is located in Heritage Gardens (what a shock, I know) and is surrounded by the beautiful greenery of the nursery - so makes for a peaceful high tea location. The high tea is served in the café or for groups or private functions there is also the quaint tea house.

heritage gardens cafe high tea

Enjoy a fruit spritz and pot of T2 tea on arrival as the traditional three-tier High Tea commences. Delicious finger sandwiches, hot savouries, freshly baked scones (with jam and cream) and petit fours. Heritage Gardens Cafe is now licensed too so there is the option to add a glass of bubbles to really make it a celebration.

Be sure to have a browse in the nursery and garden shop on your way out as well!

Ducks in the Field, Duckenfield
Address: 550 Duckenfield Rd , Duckenfield, NSW, Australia, NSW
Phone: 02 4930 5822
High Tea Available: Open for midday seatings from 11:30 on Monday and Friday and morning and afternoon seatings on Saturday and Sunday.
We have visited this unique high tea just out of Morpeth a handful of times - yes we do like a high tea. Whilst still serving a selection of savoury and sweet delicacies it’s the quirky and colourful serving ware at Ducks in the Field that makes it a little bit unique. Think bright colours, polka dots and water jugs with duck head spouts.

ducks in the field duckenfield high tea

Residing on a quaint property in Duckenfield, guests are treated to a glass of house made punch, a starter, three different stands of sweet and savoury delights and an option of tea or coffee with the last stand of sweets.

Offering BYO and a menu changing seasonally, Ducks in the Field is the perfect venue for a special occasion such as birthdays, a hens party or baby shower.